How much data does DOOM Eternal use?
Doom Eternal, the most recent sequel to the first-person shooter Doom, shifts the series’ alignment away from solo gameplay and towards online multiplayer. While the game’s main focus is still the single-player campaign, new modes and features open up opportunities for online play. Rural gamers will need a good internet connection for these online opportunities.
Let’s take a closer look at how much internet data it takes to download, update, and play Doom Eternal on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
Want to make sure you never use too much data playing Doom? Switch to a fixed wireless connection with unlimited 5G or 4G LTE data.
Doom Eternal download size
The initial game download uses much more data than updating or playing the game. Keep in mind that file size is larger than download size (which is usually compressed), and that the Doom file size will increase over time as iD Software releases patches and updates.
|Microsoft Windows||<50 GB|
|Xbox One||60.87 GB|
|PlayStation 4||39.28 GB|
Doom Eternal update size
The Doom Eternal Day One Patch, released March 20, has a file size of 5.1 GB. Most game updates won’t be this large. See the Bethesda latest news blog for details. If you’re worried an update could push you over your data limit, turn off auto-updates in your game settings and only update when you have extra data.
Doom Eternal data use
Because Doom is essentially a single player game, it uses less online data than other online games – think 20 to 50 MB of data per hour, although first hand accounts of data use are rare. The exact amount of data you’ll use depends on the number of players, as well as the frame rate of your connection, the tick rate of your server, and whether or not you use voice chat.
- A game with more players uses more data, since your local network has to share more data – like the location and stats of each player – with other players. If you’re playing Doom with two other players, you’ll use more data than if you were playing alone.
- A higher frame rate refreshes the game more often, which makes it easier to react in real time to what’s happening in the game. A higher frame rate makes the game run faster and can boost your performance, but uses more data. You can adjust your frame rate (measured in FPS) in your game settings. To change the frame rate, disable V-Synch.
- A 128-tick server, which refreshes the game 128 times every second, uses about twice as much data as a 64-tick server, which refreshes the game 64 times every second.
- Voice chat can use up to 60 MB of data per hour. If you want to reduce your data use while you play Doom, play multiplayer modes without voice chat.
Unlimited internet options for rural gamers
Rural gamers often struggle to find an internet connection that’s fast enough to support online gaming. When cable internet isn’t an option, fixed 5G or 4G LTE provides fast speeds, low latency, and plenty of rural coverage.
For gaming, you need an internet connection with a download speed of at least 3 Mbps, an upload speed of 1 Mbps, and a latency of 100 milliseconds. Fixed wireless internet has an average download speed of up to 34 Mbps on 600 MHz 5G and 20 Mbps on 4G LTE in rural areas. Average upload speeds can top 5 Mbps and average latency is around 35 milliseconds.